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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Microsoft offers Vista upgrade discounts

Microsoft says it will help holiday season computer buyers upgrade to its new Windows Vista operating system, in some cases paying 100% of the upgrade cost.

The upgrade assist program is meant to bolster PC sales during the critical holiday period despite the discouraging absence of the long delayed Vista.

Microsoft said the upgrade assistance program, covering both Windows Vista and Office, will cost it about $1.5 billion in sales in the current quarter.

Upgrading from Windows XP Home Edition to Vista Home Basic will cost $49, and upgrading from Windows XP Home Edition to Vista Home Premium will cost $79.

Microsoft said it is backing a similar upgrade program for people who buy computers preloaded with the current version of its business software, Office 2003, and want to upgrade.

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